What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
80%
7%
4%
5%
448
flagMalaysia
80%
2%
0%
17%
35
flagCanada
78%
5%
4%
10%
84
flagthe Philippines
77%
4%
3%
10%
66
flagthe United States
75%
6%
6%
8%
1131
flagAustralia
75%
4%
4%
13%
74
flagthe United Arab Emirates
75%
6%
6%
12%
32
flagNorway
71%
8%
6%
14%
49
flagthe United Kingdom
70%
6%
7%
13%
693
flagSpain
70%
3%
9%
9%
31
flagPakistan
68%
6%
6%
11%
60
flagGermany
67%
5%
9%
17%
252
flagItaly
66%
18%
8%
8%
50
flagthe Netherlands
64%
10%
10%
15%
59
flagUkraine
64%
10%
5%
18%
37
flagPoland
62%
7%
11%
17%
20825
flagNigeria
60%
16%
3%
6%
30
flagFrance
59%
9%
9%
21%
64
flagRepublic of Ireland
55%
11%
16%
16%
43
flagUnknown
54%
8%
9%
26%
906

Gender

men57%
women63%
lead
57%
63%
mercury
7%
7%
iron
11%
12%
chalk
23%
17%

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